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3881  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Origin Waiving Distribution Fee for 90 Days for Crowdsourced Games on: May 18, 2012, 09:58:24 PM
The catch is probably Origin exclusivity. Even if it isn't, this smells of EA trying to pretend that they're part of the crowd funding movement, perhaps hoping to be able to claim that they were one of the pioneers behind it over time. There is no way in hell that EA is doing this out of charity. They want to earn money, and they want people to use Origin.

I think the publishers should know to stay the hell away from crowd funding and indie developers. They don't mix.
3882  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [Vita] Smart As on: May 17, 2012, 07:04:22 AM
I like puzzle games, but I strongly dislike "brain training", whatever the hell that means. Does anyone actually think they'll get smarter by playing that kind of thing for a few days? I remember when the first brain training games appeared and experts almost laughed at the concept that these games would somehow improve people's intelligence.
3883  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: May 17, 2012, 07:00:47 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 17, 2012, 04:19:32 AM

why do I always find the 25% extra XP shrines right after a big fight?  I just had 67 kills and just to the left of the area is one, all that bonus XP I could have had.

I've discovered that if you're tired of fighting and want a little break, all you have to do is activate an xp shrine. You'll magically never encounter any monsters over the next few minutes. slywink
3884  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: May 16, 2012, 01:34:03 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on May 16, 2012, 01:18:58 PM

This would be a whole lot easier on people if they stop even referring to it as 'single player'.  there IS NO SINGLE PLAYER MODE.  You can group with yourself and go solo, but it's still not single player mode.  More like an instanced MMO.  The mindset makes all the difference in frustration. It's not like you're playing Super Mario Bros and get disconnected right before you jump on the flag post.

I'm sorry, but that makes no sense. Playing Diablo 3 alone and without quick join is definitely a single player mode. I don't know what your definition is, but when you're playing a game for yourself where other players can't join, it's a single player game. By what I suspect is your definition, Diablo 2 would have been a pure multiplayer game too with how it handled checkpoints. Whether or not your game is on a server is irrelevant. If not, anything you'd play through services like OnLive would have been multiplayer, regardless of the game.
3885  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone read The Order of the Stick webcomic? on: May 16, 2012, 05:04:06 AM

Quote from: Arkon on May 15, 2012, 11:45:26 PM

The cut out monster miniatures are done

Actually, the first 1/4 of the monster miniatures are done. There will be one such pack for each "season".
3886  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: May 15, 2012, 07:41:28 PM
Here's a tip to avoid losing or not even gaining achievements in the first place: Make sure you always do a clean logout when you exit the game. In other words, choose Leave Game and then log out. Don't just quit. I don't know how accurate this tip is, but several people have reported that it works for them and it did fix my issue with achievements (though it wasn't retroactive, which means I lost several that I'll just have to go retake later).

Up to level 11 now. I think I'm a pretty slow player. I tend to explore every nook and cranny, talk to every NPC and look closely at equipment and game mechanics. It probably took me about 4-5 hours to get this far. Still, I haven't died even once as a Monk.

Edit: Now that I think about it, some of that time was spent dealing with technical issues such as logging in. So probably more like 3-4 hours then.
3887  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: May 15, 2012, 06:15:27 PM
This game has some surprisingly serious issues for a Blizzard game. There's at least one way to permanently lock you out of the game that has been found by now, and a lot of people (including me) are either losing plenty of achievements or not getting them in the first place. I just killed the skeleton king, but I've only received one achievement (much earlier in the game). I tried logging out to see if that helped, and now I can't get back in. Figures.
3888  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: More interesting kickstarter games on: May 15, 2012, 11:39:41 AM
It's not that it's hard to maintain (but that can be expensive too. Customer loyalty can be lost very quickly if stability is anything but exemplary), but that the initial development costs are dramatically higher than any other type of computer game.
3889  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: More interesting kickstarter games on: May 15, 2012, 10:59:58 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 15, 2012, 10:55:38 AM

Is everyone picturing WoW size or bust when they think MMO?  I don't see why you can't have big and small MMOs just as you would any other type of game. 

The costs for this kind of thing aren't linear. Building a game of half the size (relatively speaking) as WoW doesn't mean it costs half as much to develop. Even if someone tries to develop a small MMO they'll need a considerable amount of customers to stay afloat, or at least serious customer loyalty (like EVE Online has).
3890  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: More interesting kickstarter games on: May 15, 2012, 10:38:43 AM

Quote from: EddieA on May 15, 2012, 07:31:22 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 15, 2012, 04:12:02 AM

I would be doubly wary of anyone Kickstarting an MMO, especially one that thinks they only need $50k to do it.  That's not even one year's salary for a single mid-level programmer, and MMO's are not quick or easy to develop.  At all.

It looks like the $50K is going to be used to produce a short tech demo in order to get publishers interested in funding the actual game.  They're also producing an RPG book, and that's what you get for funding them.

Doesn't matter, IMHO. The following still stands:

Quote from: Turtle on May 15, 2012, 05:50:28 AM

Anyone with half-way decent business sense would not be trying to make an MMO at this point in the game.

The chance of these guys eventually succeeding is so small as to be virtually unmeasurable. There is no room for new MMOs in today's market (unless you have one hell of a licensed property, and Pathfinder isn't one. Hell, even that just marginally increases your chances at this point). At least they have a better chance than this guy.
3891  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: May 15, 2012, 05:02:06 AM
Just got up and played for a bit. Had no trouble logging in now. Since I never tried the beta, this is actually my first time playing the game in any form.
3892  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: May 14, 2012, 10:41:58 PM
Bah, fuck it! I'm going to bed and getting up early instead. The login situation is just getting worse.
3893  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: May 14, 2012, 10:32:03 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on May 14, 2012, 10:30:02 PM

watching a stream of a guy in EU trying to login, and he just accidentally typed his password in the username field  O_o

The cursor stays in the password field most of the time after a failed login, but it will randomly jump to the username field instead, making what you just said very likely to happen eventually.
3894  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: May 14, 2012, 10:23:58 PM

Quote from: Covenant on May 14, 2012, 10:22:22 PM

Lucky bastard 

I wouldn't say that just yet. Over 20 minutes since launch and I've yet to go past the login window. At this rate I would have been better off just getting up early instead of staying up late.
3895  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: May 14, 2012, 10:18:57 PM

Quote from: Covenant on May 14, 2012, 10:16:09 PM

Tilt, where are you playing from that it's supposed to be available to you already?  Outside the states?

I would say so. I don't have much choice in the matter considering that I'm a Norwegian living in Norway. slywink
3896  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: May 14, 2012, 10:05:56 PM
Aaand now that it's open it's impossible to log in. Got the error 37 thing we have been warned just means that we should try again, but the latest was a message about an unexpected outage for the server.

The irony is that all I want to do is to play single player. I won't ever play this game MP anyway.
3897  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: May 14, 2012, 09:01:13 PM
One hour left...
3898  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Networks Start Revealing Fall 2012 TV Schedules on: May 14, 2012, 07:34:53 PM

Quote from: rickfc on May 14, 2012, 12:44:37 PM

Looks pretty decent if you're willing to ignore all logic, all real physics, extreme stretches in the effects of social breakdown, supermodels EVERYWHERE with clean clothes and whitened teeth 15 years after the apocalypse, and the blatant fact that J.J. Abrams is essentially just throwing mystery dramas at the screen in order to see if he can make one stick and become the new Lost.

In other words, it actually looks pretty crap. Sorry.
3899  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 'Elite' rival to be revealed at E3? on: May 14, 2012, 04:46:13 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on May 14, 2012, 04:41:40 PM

No thanks. Guess I'll get my shooter fix with Max Payne and Ghost Recon.

I don't even have a shooter fix any more, thanks to these games, and particularly thanks to Call of Duty. They've been churning out one uninspired sequel after another to the point where one of my favorite genres (FPS) no longer contains even the slightest spark of joy for me.
3900  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: May 14, 2012, 03:40:02 PM
6 hours and twenty minutes until I can actually play... if I decide to stay up late, that is. Still not decided.
3901  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (05/14) on: May 14, 2012, 07:01:08 AM
Isn't it just "Game of Thrones" for the computer game since it's based on the series?

I got my Diablo 3 box on Saturday, so I guess that counts as a purchase this week. Tongue Those silly Game of Thrones developers made a serious blunder by releasing their game this week. They're going to launch in total obscurity. By the time people are done with Diablo 3 and ready for something different, they'll have forgotten all about GoT.
3902  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Alerts to Threats in Europe by John Cleese on: May 14, 2012, 06:14:13 AM

Quote from: Teggy on May 13, 2012, 03:08:25 PM

Don't think that's written by Cleese.

Original attribution seems difficult to determine.

This seems to happen once in a while. Someone writes a piece of satire and it is for some reason credited to John Cleese simply because it's A) comedy and B) British. It's sort of like navigating a file sharing service and noticing that every single piece of movie music ever was written by John Williams.
3903  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: May 12, 2012, 09:07:45 PM
Received the game box in the mail today. Can't install it yet, but I was able to activate my copy on so that I can download the game client in addition to my game discs. The disc version was considerably cheaper than the download version. This is what happens when only one party controls the online sales for a popular game franchise with no chance of competition.
3904  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery GOG countdown (now general GOG discussion) on: May 12, 2012, 09:33:41 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 11, 2012, 11:07:13 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 10, 2012, 08:05:40 PM

Quote from: Morgul on May 10, 2012, 06:29:14 PM

Quest for glory 1 - 5...  So you want to be a hero?

Bring on the antwerp!

Best GOG release ever, after Lands of Lore.

speaking of which, where's Lands of Lore 3?

Hopefully buried at the bottom of the sea, never again to see the light of day.
3905  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]Resident Evil 6 on: May 12, 2012, 09:32:21 AM

Quote from: Turtle on May 11, 2012, 10:20:55 PM

But literally saw the screenshot of a zombie in full, clean, combat gear in a pose that wouldn't look out of place in Call of Duty or Counter-Strike, except for the zombie face.

You must be forgetting that we had the exact same thing in RE4. smile
3906  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]Resident Evil 6 on: May 11, 2012, 02:59:51 PM

Quote from: Turtle on May 11, 2012, 02:35:44 PM

They've gone full retard...

Zombies in combat gear with assault rifles...

Really sorry if that's a spoiler, but... I mean... not sure what to think about that.

I don't think we're going to see the standard zombies in this game. I get the impression that the virus here is a combination between the ones we've seen before. This means that there's likely to be elements of Las Plagas in it, keeping the infected at least partway intelligent.
3907  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery GOG countdown (now general GOG discussion) on: May 10, 2012, 08:05:40 PM

Quote from: Morgul on May 10, 2012, 06:29:14 PM

Quest for glory 1 - 5...  So you want to be a hero?

Bring on the antwerp!

Best GOG release ever, after Lands of Lore.
3908  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [Vita] Mortal Kombat - the touchscreen fatalities begin! on: May 10, 2012, 04:54:48 AM

Quote from: Gratch on May 10, 2012, 03:40:18 AM

Knew i shouldn't have bought this game.  After 5 days of practice, I still cant even beat thr first fight in story mode.


I don't even understand how that is humanly possible. Are you sure you're playing on the very lowest difficulty setting? That fight could be won with simple button mashing.
3909  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Match and Magic Kickstarter (calling all PQ fans) on: May 08, 2012, 03:29:41 PM

Quote from: Misguided on May 08, 2012, 03:10:27 PM

I've got a list of thoughts going to send to Jeff. The game has potential to be a lot of fun, but I don't think it is quite there yet.

Yeah, it lacks the polish but is otherwise good. In game developer terms, he's done with 90% of the work. Now he's only got 90% left. slywink
3910  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: May 08, 2012, 01:12:04 PM
Just preordered this game today, though not from the store. The prizes there are insane. It's much cheaper to buy from a regular store over here, so despite my misgivings about using physical media for games any more, that's what I'm going to do.

My biggest problem with Diablo 3 is that none of the classes appeal to me. Or rather, I can see the charm in playing some of them, but none of them sticks out as an obvious first choice for when I start the game next week. In both the previous games there was one class that appealed much more to me than the others.

Oh well, I guess I'll just play a Monk. That class seems the closest to what I'm looking for.
3911  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Moon - PSN Strategy RPG on: May 08, 2012, 10:35:20 AM
This really should have been a Vita game...
3912  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Match and Magic Kickstarter (calling all PQ fans) on: May 08, 2012, 09:08:39 AM
A crazy thing just happened. This game looked like it wouldn't meet its funding goal. It was at about $5200 and needed $15,000. Then about 2 hours ago someone went and grabbed the $5000 reward level. Not only that, but they seem to have added another $5000 (or nearly so) on top of that, singlehandedly bringing the game a mere $6 above its funding level 68 hours before deadline. Let's hope the benevolent backer doesn't get cold feet and pull out. smile
3913  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XCOM: Enemy Unknown on: May 06, 2012, 08:19:15 AM
My problem is with the reasoning behind the change, in fact. They've made the X-Com soldiers into superheroes with all these cool skills and abilities. That's not X-Com to me. The soldiers should be capable, but not absurdly so. Their job is to run into the battlefield in groups and hope that they'll come out alive on the other end. They're not supposed to use grappling hooks to fly onto roofs. The developers wanted to give the characters plenty to do, but found that having plenty to do bogged down the game. The result is that they cut the amount of soldiers instead of the amount of available skills and actions, and I feel that's the wrong decision.
3914  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help me find this image: Work Smarter Not Harder on: May 03, 2012, 08:17:39 PM
Ah, the good old "work smarter, not harder" line. It's one of the best ways to make people curse your name when you're out of hearing distance. slywink
3915  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fileplanet No More on: May 03, 2012, 07:08:41 PM
Thank god! Fileplanet's existence always annoyed me.
3916  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Elder Scrolls Online on: May 03, 2012, 06:44:05 PM
This is Bethesda's biggest mistake with the Elder Scrolls property ever. This is going to bite them in the ass. Hard! Who the fuck cares about Tamriel? It's one of the most generic RPG settings we have these days (quick, name 5 of your favorite Elder Scrolls characters! Full names only! Ready to give up yet?), and is only successful because of the quality of the game mechanics and the sheer scale of the things. By going MMO they're going to have to change the game mechanics and they'll no longer be competitive when it comes to scale. All we're left with is the dull setting.
3917  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kickstarter burnout? on: May 01, 2012, 09:17:15 AM
I see nothing in that article about any legal action taken against the person behind the Kickstarter. Shouldn't this be a police matter at this point?
3918  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why in hell do people still refer this gen as next gen?!? Aren't we past that? on: April 30, 2012, 07:50:44 AM
It's just because people use words without thinking about their meaning. To most people "next-gen" is just a word like any other. I don't hear people use it about the current generation very often any more, but I make sure to point it out when they do.
3919  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: 3ds firmware plus mk7 patch incoming.. on: April 29, 2012, 08:11:03 AM
It would have been nice if you actually told us what the patch/firmware is, or at least linked us to some kind of description. slywink
3920  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shadowrun Kickstarter on: April 28, 2012, 09:12:42 PM
FYI, the physical adept is in. The goal has been reached.
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